The BORP Bay Earthquakes and Crushers ended local season play on a high note on May 19-20 with some thrilling games in Alviso. These games presented the last opportunity for both teams to test themselves in competition before going to their national Conference Cups in June.
On May 19 the Crushers played with great spirit but took 3 tough losses against strong opponents, including the Vancouver Lightning, a team whose players all played at the 2011 World Cup on the Canadian team. The Crushers were the only team to score on the Vancouver side all day with a surprising deep strike from Margaret Mele that slipped past the frozen Lightning defense.
On May 20 the Bay Earthquakes showed power soccer at its best in their final tune up game before the Premier Conference Cup with a relentless attack and a dominating win versus the Vancouver Lightning. Following a tough loss against San Jose in their first game of the day, the Earthquakes applied constant pressure on the Lightning defense and used their passing to open up numerous scoring opportunities and score 3 goals (that easily could have been 6-7).
The Earthquakes will head to Tampa for the Premier Conference Cup on June 15-17 and the Crushers will be in Minneapolis for the Presidents Conference Cup June 21-23. Both teams have improved tremendously throughout the season and are looking forward to taking on the best teams in their conferences.
Photos from Scot Goodman